Biodiversity conservation is vital for achieving sustainable economic development and needs to be mainstreamed into and across all sectors.Ecosystems and the services they provide are fundamental for all life on earth and critical for human existence. Healthy ecosystems ensure quality life – providing clean air, freshwater, and soils for our inherent survival.
Through multi-stakeholder dialogue, mainstreaming biodiversity commitments into Guyana’s economic sectors will soon be taken into account with the support of the new BIODEV 2030 project. The Project: Biodev2030 Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Economic Sectors (BIODEV2030), financially supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) and coordinated by Expertise France, through WWF. The project is global pilot which is run in 16 countries and aims to address the biodiversity crisis through research and updating the science that underpins decision making on biodiversity; supporting private sector commitment and actions for biodiversity; and developing a global apex target for biodiversity.
The project also seeks to understand the “footprint” of production and consumption – that is accounting for all aspects of pressure on the natural systems and addressing these impacts, bringing them within safe boundaries by 2030.
Mainstreaming Biodiversity is generally understood as ensuring that biodiversity, and the services it provides, are appropriately and adequately factored into policies and practices that rely and have an impact on it. In addition, mainstreaming biodiversity means to integrate all impacts on and dependencies to biodiversity along the production lines and value chains.
Empowering governments together with the private sector and civil society, to jointly identify and engage transformational changes in economic sectors which are strategic for national development and significantly impact biodiversity in Guyana.